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In my last column, I suggested the likely result of the recent U.S. mid-term elections might be gridlock in government, and that many Americans view favourably such a political stalemate in Washington.
Such an idea is, of course, alien to Canadians and Europeans alike. But America is a republican democracy, and its ideal is equality of citizens in freedom.
This republican ideal remains sufficiently strong, despite corruption of institutions and erosion of values. It can still motivate enough Americans to mount a defence of their individual freedom against the capriciousness of an ideologically expansive and intrusive government.
Many Americans who are so motivated came together as the Tea Party movement, and their votes made the difference in who got elected. Many are independent voters, and reluctant to be identified as partisan members of either of the two main political parties.
We are undoubtedly going to see and hear more about the Tea Party movement over the next two years. And since the mainstream media leans more heavily towards the left, is more supportive of the Democrats and President Barack Hussein Obama in the White House, it will work overtime to present the Tea Party movement negatively.
What indeed grates upon the mainstream media and unsettles the left is the patriotism of the Tea Party enthusiasts, and their refusal to heed those many voices of the so-called sophisticated intellectuals in New York and Los Angeles who deride America’s founding values.
American patriots instinctively relate to the creed of the founding fathers of their republic. It might help Canadians to understand their neighbours a little better if they — on this Thanksgiving weekend in the U.S. — reflect upon the words of President Calvin Coolidge, spoken in celebrating the 150th anniversary of the American independence.
This is what President Coolidge said on July 4, 1926, in Philadelphia:
“About the Declaration there is a finality that is exceedingly restful.
“It is often asserted that the world has made a great deal of progress since 1776, that we have had new thoughts and new experiences which have given us a great advance over the people of that day, and that we may therefore very well discard their conclusions for something more modern.
“But that reasoning cannot be applied to this great charter. ... If all men are created equal, that is final. If they are endowed with inalienable rights, that is final. If governments derive their just powers from the consent of the governed, that is final. No advance, no progress can be made beyond these propositions.
“If anyone wishes to deny their truth or their soundness, the only direction in which he can proceed historically is not forward, but backward toward the time when there was no equality, no rights of the individual, no rule of the people.
“Those who wish to proceed in that direction cannot lay claim to progress. They are reactionary. Their ideas are not more modern, but more ancient, than those of the Revolutionary fathers.”
America’s republican ideal is strong and beautiful because it is at once simple and universal. It is also why this ideal is so immensely contagious, and freedom in American politics is not an empty word.
©2005-11 Salim Mansur
Salim Mansur BA, MA, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Western Ontario. He is also a columnist at Canada’s Sun Media. His column appears here with Salim Mansur’s express permission by special arrangement with him.
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